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  Recent data indicates the true extent of the appalling treatment patients with surgical mesh complications have had to endure and the government must act to prevent further suffering, says New Zealand First. “A survey of 200 patients who...

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  Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says the bowel screening national roll-out programme is on track with Cabinet approving the business case. “Around 3,000 Kiwis are diagnosed with bowel cancer each year, and it's the second most common...

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Associate Minister of Local Government Louise Upston today expressed thanks to the more than 3000 people who made submissions on New Zealand's dog control laws. “This huge response shows how passionate Kiwis are about our dogs and the need...

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Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a new framework for planning and designing support for people with mental health and addiction issues will help to further improve care.   “The new Commissioning Framework is about better planning and...

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Construction has started on a $4.5 million redevelopment at Takapuna Primary School on Auckland's North Shore, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. “This investment will see a new, two-storey classroom block built, and...

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  Disability advocates say the sector is in crisis and broken, Labour's Health spokesperson Annette King says. “A roundtable at Parliament organised by the Labour Party, heard today how National has left disability services chronically...

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The Prime Minister is, as usual, skipping responsibility by saying he can do nothing about Westpac closing 19 branches, many in rural towns, says New Zealand First. “Questioned in Alexandra, Mr Key claimed ‘we can't force them (Westpac)...

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  The first of a series of nationwide safety projects that make up a $600 million plan to reduce New Zealand's road toll is complete, Transport Minister Simon Bridges says. Targeted safety improvements designed to reduce the risk of crashes...

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  On 26 August 1866, New Zealand's telecommunications took a leap into the future with the successful connection of the Cook Strait Telegraph Cable, says Communications Minister Amy Adams. “It was a momentous achievement for its time....

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Social Development Minister Anne Tolley's claims that her Government's work with sole parents is her biggest success are in tatters after a major increase in homelessness amongst that group, says Labour's Social Development spokesperson...

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